For over 30 years, all sorts of people walked through the doors of Lakewood’s Hospice of Saint John seeking medical attention. The hospice was designated a historic site last July after a …
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The Hospice of Saint John was first opened in Lakewood in 1977. The city says it played a significant role in the national hospice movement as it became the second hospice to open in the country. It closed in 2013 due to federal sequestration cuts and small health care margins, as reported by The Denver Post.
For over 30 years, all sorts of people walked through the doors of Lakewood’s Hospice of Saint John seeking medical attention.
The hospice was designated a historic site last July after a recommendation from Lakewood’s Historic Preservation for helping push the national hospice movement. The site was the second hospice to open up in the country, according to the city.
But since it was shutdown in 2013 due to federal sequestration cuts and small health care margins, according to The Denver Post, the Hospice of Saint John has sat vacant in the Eiber neighborhood at 1320 Everett Court.
That will change within the next year when the site will transform to an affordable housing facility for seniors. The Hospice of Saint John will become Eiber Village at Garrison Station that’ll reuse three existing buildings at the property and on-site gardens. Since the hospice is a historic site, it qualifies for state historic credits that will preserve the site as it becomes an affordable housing facility.
“This project is a great way to showcase an important piece of Lakewood’s history while at the same time, making it possible for the site to continue to serve our residents. The conversion of this facility to affordable senior housing is a perfect reuse of our local historic resources without losing the original character and significance the site once held,” said Jeanne Ramsay, chair of the Lakewood Historic Preservation Commission, in a statement.
The $14 million development will come with 49 units, accessibility to the Garrison light rail station, low water use landscaping, electric vehicle charging stations and more with sustainability in mind.
The redevelopment group for the project is led by Everett Court Partners and includes a partnership with Hartman Ely Investors — a development and investment company that focuses on redevelopment and renewable energy.
Hartman Ely completed the award-winning redevelopment of the Fruitdale School in Wheat Ridge into a 16-unit residential building.
“This is what we love doing, especially when buildings are historic. (Eiber Village is) going to be a hugely beneficial project,” said Jim Hartman, owner of Hartman Ely Investors.
Materials like cabinets and other pieces from the hospice will be donated to agencies like the Action Center.
“The redevelopment is a really great example of historic reuse that brought together the neighbors, different nonprofits and the Historical Preservation Committee to do a really cool project that will keep the legacy of Saint. John’s living on. It will honor the life of all the folks who were patients or guests in their final days at the hospice,” said Lakewood Mayor Adam Paul.
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